Letcombe Bassett: St Michael & All Angels
Welcome to the church of St Michael & All Angels, Letcombe Bassett, one of six that make up the Ridgeway Benefice. We routinely hold a Holy Communion Service (in traditional English) at 8:30 am on the third Sunday of the month. For other services, including major festivals, please look under "Services and Events". Services are led by our Rector, the Rev'd Leonora Hill, or by a lay member of our community. We also hold baptisms, weddings and funerals. We would be delighted to welcome you into our congregation on a regular or occasional basis.
St Michael's is a charming small church (Grade II* listed) in a particularly beautiful setting in the old part of the village, looking out to unspoilt downland. The Chancel and Nave date from the 12th century; the Tower from the 13th century; while the South aisle, Vestry and Porch are Victorian additions designed by William Butterfield. Further information is in the church, which is open to visitors daily, and at http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/berks/vol4/pp217-222
A 10-year programme of major repairs to ensure the church remained structurally sound for future generations was recently completed. Works included a new roof, repairing structurally unsound walls, re-plastering inside and out, installing a French drain and new heating and lighting. Raising the £500,000 needed took extraordinary efforts by almost everyone in the parish, holding fund-raising events and applying for grants from many organisations.
The churchyard, which is still open for burials, has some fine monuments, including four Grade II listed tombs. It has a profusion of snow drops, primroses and other wild flowers in the spring.
The parish of Letcombe Bassett is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer, PSO. The Diocese of Oxford’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise our PSO. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services.